Lack of Accountability: Nobody Gets Fired. Everybody Gets Promoted.
If we have learned anything from the Bush administration, its that mediocrity will be rewarded.....BIG TIME!
Remember our former CIA Director, George Tenet? Do you remember the day when the four planes were hijacked and flown into buildings, and all those people died? That day, well, it happened on Tenet's watch. After all, he was the head of our central intelligence agency, right?
Oh yeah, I forgot, wasn't he also the head of the CIA during that time when somebody in our own government sent killer anthrax spores in the mail to two Democratic Senators and certain members of the "liberal media"?
Most people would get fired for failing so badly at their job. What happened to Tenet? He won the Medal Of Freedom. Funny thing though, the medal was so important that it was bestowed upon Tenet by King George himself. Ah yes, Tenet, a true hero!
And what about Dr. Condi Rice? Wasn't she the President's National Security Advisor during 9/11? Didn't the 9/11 Commission tell us that Bush's national security leadership (including Rice and Tenet) met formally nearly 100 times in the months prior to the Sept. 11 attacks, yet terrorism was the topic during only two of those sessions? How could she be so unconcerned with terrorism? Didn't Clinton and Richard Clarke (former Clinton and Bush counter-terrorism chief) brief George W. about the danger of al-Qaeda before Clinton left office? Wasn't Dr. Condi aware of the bombing of the Khobar Towers and the USS Cole? So why only 2 in 100 meetings? That seems a tad low, right?
Such an oversight would surely cost the head of National Security her job, right? Nope, instead Condi was rewarded with the job of Secretary of State. Congratulations Condi!
What about Alberto Gonzalez? There is a man who, acting as the president's general counsel, advised the president to ignore the Geneva Conventions and basically torture whomever "we" deem necessary to fight the "war on terror". Sounds kind of ironic, right? Gonzalez basically advised the President to partake in terror in order to fight terror. Inevitably, such advise becomes part of the leitmotif of the United States military campaign, eventually makings its way to Iraq, manifesting itself at Abu Ghraib in a perversely diabolical display of Good Troops, Gone Bad.
So what does Gonzalez get for his ruthlessly authoritarian advise? He gets promoted to the position of Attorney General, and they are actually talking about Gonzalez as being a potential "moderate" choice for Supreme Court nominee. (Side rant: When did this country become so freaking fascist that Alberto Gonzalez is considered a moderate? What did I miss? The guy supports torture! HELLO!! This is moderate? Wake up people! If he is a moderate then we need to take a serious look at what we have become.) (Side rant #2: If somebody ever calls him Honorbale Judge Gonzalez, I might have to vomit.)
And lastly, we have Halliburton. Kickbacks, gasoline overcharges, meal overcharges, antiquated costs controls, cooking the books, bribing foreign officials in violation of law, pension plundering, dealings with Rogue States, abuser of corporate welfare....here is a company that takes out advertising time to convince us about how thoughtful and caring they are. But in reality, here is a company that has stolen more money from American taxpayers than one can count, and what happened to Halliburton yesterday? They got rewarded with another government contract. This one is worth $5 billion dollars! They sure do deserve it, right?
You see, in this administration mediocrity won't get you fired, it will make you rich!!!